Weekly Events Calendar July 19th – 25th

Summer Reading programs are starting to wrap up and this Saturday will be packed full of activities around town thanks to the 6th annual Membership Alliance Day. Farmers Markets are still going strong so get out there and take advantage of some yummy fresh fruits and veggies! The Atlanta Falcons Tailgate Team is coming through town with your chance to meet John Parker Wilson! If you’re looking for Summer Movies, we’ve got em’ Check out our Summer Flicks Guide to plan your movie outings this week. We update the calendar as we learn of new events so stop back by throughout the week to see what’s new!

It’s Not our Fault if your Kids are Bored

Monday July 19th
Movie Matinee – North Shelby Library
All Ages, Snacks Served


Tuesday July 20th

Atlanta Falcons Tailgate Team – Publix Montgomery Hwy (Hoover)
John Parker Wilson is scheduled to join the Falcons Tailgate Team at Publix and will be signing autographs, limit ONE outside item per person. The Tailgate Team will be giving FREE gifts when you purchase five participating products, giving away two sets of tickets to the Falcons vs. Bucs game on November 7 and Freddie the Falcon will be greeting customers. Offer available from 5-7 pm on designated date while supplies last. Player could change without notice. No purchase necessary to be eligible for tickets. Must be present to win.  Click here for more information.

Bats Need Friends – Birmingham Zoo
Have you scratched a mosquito bite today? Did you know just one small bat can eat 3000 mosquitoes per night?
Come to the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about bats and participate in fun activities.

  • Information Tables
  • Face Painting
  • Bat Game

Cool off in the Zoo Auditorium for story time at
11:30, 1:30, and 3:30

Bats at the Beach, by Brian Lies with a bat craft that kids can takehome!

After the zoo closes for the day – Free Bat Program
7:00pm to 8:00pm in the Zoo Auditorium

  • Light Refreshments (while they last)
  • Live Bat Demonstration!!!

NOTE: Daytime activities require Zoo Admission

Starshine Faces – North Shelby Library
Watch as your favorite stories come to life through face painting. Some kids faces will be painted during the show, then the face painters will be available to paint faces for 1 hour after the show. No Registration required

Reading Finale Block Party  – Emmet O Neal Library
An evening of pizza and puppetry to celebrate the end of summer reading 2010.

Barnes and Noble –  Summit – Terrific Tuesday Storytime
Please join us as we read Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. Will Baby Llama learn that his mama is always nearby to help him, especially when it’s time for Baby Llama to go to sleep?

Summer Reading Finale – Hoover Library
Madcap Puppets presents Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show Hilarious characters, tall tales and spine-tingling stunts bring American history to life like never before!  The only thing taller than these tales are the giant puppets!
10:30am, 1:30pm, 6:30pm


Wednesday July 21st

Kids Krusade – Overton Church
Music, games, stories, door prizes, puppets, and lots of fun!! Snow cones and cotton candy!!

Summer Reading Finale – Hoover Library
Madcap Puppets presents Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show Hilarious characters, tall tales and spine-tingling stunts bring American history to life like never before!  The only thing taller than these tales are the giant puppets!
10:30am, 1:30pm

Storytime – Barnes an Noble Patton Creek
Sock Monkey in the Spotlight – Join us for two delightful stories about the adventures of a friendly dancing sock monkey — who needs a bath!

Family Story Time with Mr MacNorth Shelby Library
Storyteller Extraordinaire – Come join Mr Mac and his musical storytime complete with puppets! All Ages, no registration required.


Thursday July 22nd

Kids Krusade – Overton Church
Music, games, stories, door prizes, puppets, and lots of fun!! Snow cones and cotton candy!!

Fish Wall Hanging – North Shelby Library
All Ages, Registration Required
Drop in anytime between 2:00 – 3:30.

PJ Storytime – North Shelby Library
All ages, no registration required

StarShine Face Painting– Vestavia Hills Library
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Friday July 23rd

Kids Krusade – Overton Church
Music, games, stories, door prizes, puppets, and lots of fun!! Snow cones and cotton candy!! BIG CARNIVAL FRIDAY NIGHT with inflatable water slides!! Each child and teen will be given a packet of school supplies (Friday Only)

Wild about Books Story Time – Birmingham Zoo
Come join us for story and craft time with Books-A-Million at the Birmingham Zoo! Every Friday through summer on Grandma’s Front Porch in the Children’s Zoo area

Saturday July 24th

Market Day – City of Mountain Brook

European-style sidewalk and tent sale, it’s a giant one-day only flea market with discounts up to 75% off.  Participating merchants often have music and other special events in coordination with the sale.  Many of the merchants have preview sales leading up to the HUGE one day sale.
8am -5pm

Rhino Day – Birmingham Zoo

Rhinos have existed on Earth for more than 50 million years! In the past they were much more diverse, but today only 5 species of rhinos remain. All rhinos are under threat of, and all but one species is on the verge of, extinction. Without drastic action and change, some rhinos could be extinct in the wild within 10-20 years.

Rhino Day Event Includes:
– Zookeeper chats, and an opportunity to meet our White Rhinos!
– Rhino Encounter offers the opportunity to get up-close and personal and brush a rhino! (construction permitting)
– Basket Raffle
– Games/Activities for kids
– Enrichment demonstration
– Information on rhino conservation and how YOU can help!
– 100% of donations go directly towards rhino conservation!

Included in price of admission.

Lowes Build and Grow Clinic
This project is out of this world! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this UFO! Includes stickers and a blinking light! Sign up here

Member Alliance Day –
Have the opportunity to explore what our city has to offer during Birmingham’s sixth-annual Membership Alliance Day. a special members-only day of free admission and fun activities throughout the city.  Your valid membership card and photo ID admits those listed on your membership into these participating venues all day long, with special activities and events occurring throughout the day at every location.

Vulcan Park & Museum
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Birmingham Public Library
McWane Science Center
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Southern Museum of Flight
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham Public Library
Birmingham Zoo

Helena Market Days/Farmers Market Helena Amphitheater
8:00am – 12:00pm

Urban Cookhouse Farmers Market – Downtown Homewood
7am – Noon

Pepper Place Saturday Market
We spread out of the parking lot to include 29th Street as we accommodate local farmers, artisans, music, art and food!
7:00am – Noon

Valleydale Farmers Market –
Valleydale Farmers Market is dedicated to bringing fresh, local produce to communities around Alabama and the Southeast.
Music, cooking demos and storytimes along with fresh produce a great way to spend a day!

Saturday Storytime at Barnes and Noble Summit
Please join us as we read Joseph had a Little Overcoat by Caldecott Medal-winning author Simms Taback. Joseph had a little overcoat, but see what happens when the coat gets old and shabby. See how you can make something out of nothing!


Sunday July 25th

Sound of Music – Virginia Samford Theater
One of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Sound of Music tells the story of a sweet young girl named Maria sent off to be the governess of Captain von Trapp’s seven troublesome children. Through their mutual love of music, the von Trapp family comes to admire Maria. But when the Nazis invade Austria, the whole family is forced to flee their homeland in hopes of finding freedom. With its unforgettable score that includes musical favorites like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “The Lonely Goatherd,” The Sound of Music is the perfect family treat!
For tickets visit their website

Jazz in the Park – East Lake Park
This free concert series presented in Greater Birmingham area parks showcases performances by local jazz artists.
3:00 – 6:00pm


Open Daily

McWane Science Center

Mr Potato Head Exhibit – Families won’t want to miss The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD, a new interactive traveling exhibit that features the much-loved MR. POTATO HEAD character will lead young visitors and parents on a number of fun and educational adventures. From trips to outer space to jungle safaris and archeological digs, each activity will provide children with engaging learning experiences. Through Sept. 26

The Itty Bitty Magic City will be on display this summer in addition to The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head exhibit. The Itty Bitty City is a little bit smaller than usual, but favorite areas including the grocery store, Tot Spot area, crane, and factory are still in the city. The Itty Bitty Golf Course and a few other items were removed temporarily to make room for the new exhibit “The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head” that is also designed for an early childhood audience and they will return in the Fall.

NatureScope –  Explore the great outdoors from inside the museum. McWane Science Center and the Birmingham Audubon Society are partnering to create a new exhibit called NatureScope. Explore the science of the birds and the bugs in this new area! Get up close and personal with some resident creepy crawlies! Learn what role insects play in our ecosystem with the decomposition chamber. Meet large bugs including emperor scorpions, a tarantula, and even a giant African millipede!

Animalopolis at the IMAX – ANIMALOPOLIS will take you on a voyage into the magical world of animals. A bit fanciful, a bit “Seussian” perhaps, a place of good natured humor, beauty and just plain fun for kids and their parents.

Birmingham Zoo

Lorikeet Aviary – Our Lorikeet Aviary has more birds than ever! Zoo guests can feed these exotic birds every day. You and your family will see these birds’ behavior as they eat nectar out of your hand.
Weekends 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

PELICAN FEEDING – A great way to see our pelicans in action is to witness them eating their favorite treats near the pelican boardwalk.

RHINO ENCOUNTER – Embark on an African adventure and experience one of the world’s most extraordinary animals, the Southern White Rhino. Watch from only feet away as our zookeepers engage in hands-on interaction with the animals inside their African-themed exhibit. Don’t miss this exciting encounter with one of the largest mammals on the planet!
Weekdays: 3pm – 3:30pm
Weekends: 11:30am – Noon & 3pm – 3:30 pm

GIRAFFE FEEDING – This up close and personal animal encounter is a memory you and your family will have for a lifetime.
Weekday: 11am – Noon
Weekends: 10am – 11am  & 2pm – 3pm

Do you have or know of an event you would like to have added to our weekly calendar? Please email us at, subject line “Events Calendar” – We would love to hear from you!

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